2019 Beneficiaries of Elizabeth Toon Charities

Brighter Tomorrows

Brighter Tomorrows mission is to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing emergency safe shelter and support services, and to reduce violence in the community. Brighter Tomorrow operates two full service emergency safe shelters in Grand Prairie and Irving that can house up to 72 residents in total, a 24 hour crisis line, the Counseling and Resource center, a transitional housing program and two thrift stores. The ETC grant will go to support the Children’s Program which will support children in the domestic violence and sexual assault survivors program.

Healing Hands Ministries

Healing Hands Ministries will be opening a new healthcare center at the end of 2018. Elizabeth Toon Charities will support general operating for the new Women’s and Children’s Center which will fill a critical healthcare gap for women’s and children’s healthcare. Healing Hands Ministries is a full-service medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare clinic, is committed to the family well-being by serving both uninsured and underinsured.

Jubilee Park

Jubilee Park’s mission is to be a catalyst for comprehensive community revitalization and enrichment in Southeast Dallas, with emphasis on the education of children and adults.  The funds from ETC will help Jubilee Park support expanded educational programming for low income children in Southeast Dallas through a proven afterschool program and an additional program for students with special learning needs. Jubilee Park serves over 800 children annually.

Juliette Fowler Communities

Juliette Fowler Communities includes an independent and assisted living, health and rehabilitation services, memory support, a foster care and adoption program, and The Ebby House, for young women who have aged-out of or exited the foster care system and are currently at risk of homelessness, Juliette Fowler serves more than 700 individuals and their families. ETC is thrilled to give to a new program of Juliette Fowler Communities, focused on educating and supporting teens phasing out of the foster care system to prepare both young women and men be successful, independent adults.

Just Say YES

With an ever increasing need for drug and alcohol problem with teens, Just Say Yes is an incredible in school program focused on just that. Just Say YES (Youth Equipped to Succeed) is a provider of programs for today’s youth that encourages them to focus on their dreams and goals and stay clear of destructive behavior. Just Say YES provides students with factual and relational information, equipping them to live healthy and successful lives. The messages are delivered through a compelling group of national speakers, staff development, multimedia programs, and unique in-school peer-to-peer mentoring model.

Make a Wish North Texas

Granting wishes across North Texas, Make a Wish North Texas is making a tremendous impact in the lives of kids and families across our community. Over 161 counties are served across North Texas, with the mission to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Each year, the wishes granted by the Make- A- Wish Foundation of North Texas not only improve the quality of life for hundreds of children battling critical illness, but they also provide members of the community with an opportunity to help these children experience hope for the future, strength in the present and joy looking back.

Mi Escuelita Preschool

Mi Escuelita was founded in 1978 with the mission to teach English to children from all cultures and prepare them for academic success. It began with one center teaching English, and today there are ten campuses and serve more than 800 students. Children range from 2 ½ to 5 years of age with most coming from ‘working poor’ families, scarcely surviving at or below poverty level. ETC funding will support continued growth of Mi Escuelita’s Early Childhood Education Program.


Elizabeth Toon Charities Partner Charities- Charities that have been selected for annual support

Camp John Marc

Camp John Marc is a unique camp facility in Bosque County, Texas that serves children with chronic illnesses and major physical disabilities by making possible high-quality, year-round camping experiences. These experiences are motivated by the belief that every camper has the right to discovery and adventure in nature’s world, and deserves a chance to see, touch, play, and feel better. At Camp John Marc, Special Camps for Special Kids provides cooperative programming with the health organizations, community volunteers, and pediatric hospitals also dedicated to serving these children. Camp John Marc serves children and families, primarily from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with a variety of special medical needs or major physical disabilities. Each session at camp is dedicated to a particular diagnosis and campers are chosen through partnering groups and organizations. Camp John Marc primarily partners with groups affiliated with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas and Cook Children’s Medical Center of Fort Worth. Camp John Marc utilizes community and medical volunteers to provide program support and quality medical care and treatment in the camp setting.

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

The mission of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and provide national leadership on child abuse issues. DCAC’s clients are children who have been sexually abused, severely physically abused, experienced extreme neglect, or have witnessed a violent crime. They are referred by law enforcement or Child Protective Services, come from all residential zip codes of Dallas County, and closely mirror the ethnic make-up of the community. Statistically, the average client is a 9-10 year-old girl, who has been sexually abused by someone she knows and trusts. Last year, DCAC served more than 2,400 children (and their non-offending family members).

DCAC houses the Child Abuse Unit of the Dallas Police Department, five units of Child Protective Services, and an Assistant District Attorney. Having all of these professionals under one roof drives collaboration and communication in the very sensitive cases that DCAC coordinates. Children who are victimized need help to process what they have experienced in order to heal. DCAC has expert child therapists who provide art therapy, play therapy, animal assisted therapy and music therapy. Services are free of charge.


Rist Adaptive Sports

Rise Adaptive Sports mission is to assist children with physical challenges to recover, inspire, succeed and empower them by providing inclusive adaptive recreational sports programs. ETC is funding therapeutic recreational sports programs for children and adults with physical disabilities adapted to their specific needs, serving over 500 annually. The physical disabilities that RISE serves include Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Amputee, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Distrophy, Neuromuscular Disease, Deaf/Hearing Impaired, Blind/Vision Impaired and all other physical disabilities.  

Rivertree Academy
Rivertree Academy, located in the Como neighborhood of Fort Worth, is an elementary school serving children grades Pre-K- 5th grade. Finishing their 3rd year, with 79 children, Rivertree Academy aims to educate under- resourced students to live life well by following Jesus, thriving academically and transforming their community. Rivertree will use funding from ETC to continue to grow their reach in the Fort Worth area and fund operational support to provide an excellent education for children living in the Como neighborhood.

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

Reaching over 1,100 children annually by providing a home-away-from-home, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas is impacting the lives of children and families seeking medical support in the Dallas metroplex. Since 2015, RMHD has been operating at or near capacity. Because of this, ETC will help fund the expansion of rooms and resources. RMHD is a much needed resource for families with seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment from local hospitals. They offer a place for the families to stay during their stay in Dallas. The House provides 3 meals a day, transportation, laundry, family activities, play areas for all ages, exercise room, hair salon, a mini theater and a therapy dog.

St. Mary’s of Carmel

St. Mary’s of Carmel provides a quality, Catholic education in a safe nurturing environment to children in West Dallas. The school aims to build the Kingdom of Heaven by forming saints and scholars who are prepared for college preparatory high schools. St. Mary’s reaches 170 children annually from Pre-K – 8th grade. ETC funding will support the counseling program providing children with the social emotional support that they need to be successful in school and in life.

Step Up


Step Up believes that all girls should have the opportunity to fill their potential. The program propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women. Step Up has created a hybrid approach to mentoring that is sustainable and scalable. The program focuses on short term group exposure to many women rather than long term exposure to only one woman, allowing teens to exercise their ability to relate confidently to adults, learn to network successfully, and reap the benefits of a powerful “village” of support. ETC funding will help expand the 12th grade curriculum in the 2019-2020 school year.

Union Gospel Mission

Union Gospel Mission ministers to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the homeless in Dallas County with the goal to end homelessness and to transform the lives of men, women and children of the community to a productive life, by encouraging them in their Christian faith as well as teaching them needed like and job skills. UGM provides shelter and other services to 3,214 homeless, including 2,665 adults and 558 children. ETC funding will support services to children residing at the Center of Hope shelter.

Wesley Rankin

Wesley Rankin is a faith based, afterschool program serving children in West Dallas. ETC will be supporting the growth of Peak, Ascend and Summit Afterschool programs which occur during the academic school year. This program provides homework support, reading intervention, STEAM activities, character development, and interest clubs. In 2017, the WRCC Afterschool programs served 125 students (1-12th grade).





The Ashford Rise School of Dallas

The purpose of the Ashford Rise School of Dallas is to provide the highest quality of early childhood education services to children with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities and to children without disabilities by: providing exemplary services based on recommended practices to young children with diverse abilities and their families; offering instructional opportunities through collaboration with various academic programs at local colleges and universities; engaging in research that positively influences practice in the field of early childhood education at the local, state and national levels; interfacing with the community through outreach and public awareness activities; disseminating information and providing technical assistance to other community based agencies and affecting policy and systems change at the local, state and national levels. Since 1998, the Rise School of Dallas has continuously touched the lives of children who otherwise might not have received this type of specialized education.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. They strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, training physicians from around the world. Scottish Rite treats Texas children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. As a leading pediatric orthopedic center, the hospital has treated more than 210,000 children since its inception, with more than 40,000 clinic visits each year. The hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to care, tailoring treatment to the individual needs of each child and family. All services are provided without charge to patient families.

Grant applications for 2019 will be accepted May 1 – August 1 of 2019. 

Beneficiaries of Elizabeth Toon Charities over the years

Any Baby Can
Ashford Rise School of Dallas
Bachman Lake Together
Baylor Health
Behind Every Door Ministries
Big Thought
Birthday Party Project
Bryan’s House
C5 Youth Foundation
Camp Barnabas
Camp Fire First
Camp John Marc
Camp Summit
Camp Sunshine
Catch up and Read
Catholic Charities of Dallas
Champions of Hope
Chase’s Place
Child Care Group
Child Study Center
Children’s Craniofacial Association
Children’s Health
Christian Works for Children
City Square
Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer
Community in Schools
Community Partners of Dallas
Cook Children’s
Cornerstone Crossroads Academy
Dallas CASA
Dallas Furniture Bank
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
Down Syndrome Guild
Educational First Steps
Family Compass
Family Gateway
Family Place
First Tee of Greater Dallas
Focus on Teens
Friends of Wednesday’s Child
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
Grief and Loss Center of North Texas
Heart House
Heroes for Children
Hope Supply Co.
Hope’s Door
Interfaith Housing Coalition
It’s a Sensory World
Leukemia Texas
Limbs for Life
Make a Wish
Manegait Therapeutic Horsemanship
Mary Saner Child Development Center
Mental Health America
Mercy Street
New Friends New Life
North Texas PGA
NTX Capernaum Young Life
Oak Hill Academy
Old Rock Church
Open Door Preschool
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
Presbyterian Communities and Services
Promise House
Rainbow Days
Rays of Light
Real School Gardens
Rise Adaptive Sports
Ronald McDonald House
Scottish Rite Hospital
Snowball Express
St. Simons Afterschool
Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas
Trinity River Mission
Vogal Alcove
Voice of Hope
Wesley Rankin
West Dallas Community Schoool
Wisdom’s Hope
Wonders and Worries
Young Women’s Prep